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Old 06-29-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy A Softopper warning!

I did a lot of research before picking a top to replace the busted one on my '94. I ultimately settled on the Softopper frameless. I hated the cobbled together mess of framework that came on the original, and Softopper is made in the good ol' US-of-A, AND it came with all the hardware needed. Sold.

So I go to put this thing together. Everything looks great, fantastic quality. But then I get to the door surrounds. Pretty much not ONE piece fit like it was supposed to. The mounting holes for the brackets that attach overhead were too high in the frame, which allowed the frame to sit lower than it should. Wedged right up against the overhead rollbar, the door didn't have enough clearance to close. I had to re-drill the holes in a different location. Even more annoying, the square tubing curvatures were entirely off. No matter how I placed them, both upper and lower rear curves were too sharp. If I fit the curve to the top of the door, the vertical attachment point blocked the door. If I adjusted to fit the rear door edge, the top curve came nowhere close to sealing off. I'm talking a full inch away! Both sides were like this. I had to beat and bend on them to get them to work. The passenger side finally fit, but I never did get the drivers side fixed.

After reading all the good reviews, I was really surprised how much effort it took on my part to get this thing even halfway functional. So, buyer beware. I dunno if I just got a bad set or what, but I'm pretty disappointed with the hardware.

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Old 06-29-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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You must have got a bad set mine went on perfect.
Don't know about there customer service but maybe you should have called them.

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:40 AM   #3
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I had no issues with my surrounds either. I would call them first before I rant on here without giving them a chance to fix the problem.
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I had no issues with my surrounds either. I would call them first before I rant on here without giving them a chance to fix the problem.
I may give them a call to see if I can get replacements. That said, I still think it's relevant to mention possible problems for anyone else considering a purchase.
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I didn't like the surrounds either so I got the oem ones. Softopper w oem surrounds is a good combo
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I didn't like the surrounds either so I got the oem ones. Softopper w oem surrounds is a good combo
ninjaturtle, when you say OEM surrounds, which are you referring to? TJ or YJ? pictures?
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #7
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How are these tops at freeway speeds? I notice with my factory soft top (well, factory frame, smittybilt canvas) that the frame shakes and rattles at ~65, especially with the passenger vent open. The soft top also buffets loudly. Do the frameless soft tops sound better or are they just as loud? I'm asking because all the pictures look like they're pretty loose. However, without a rattling frame it may be better anyway.
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How are these tops at freeway speeds? I notice with my factory soft top (well, factory frame, smittybilt canvas) that the frame shakes and rattles at ~65, especially with the passenger vent open. The soft top also buffets loudly. Do the frameless soft tops sound better or are they just as loud? I'm asking because all the pictures look like they're pretty loose. However, without a rattling frame it may be better anyway.
Mine is quite I can talk to another passenger in a normal voice. Doesn't flap very much,is a lot quiter than I thought it would be
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I drove with the windows in it for a couple of days and to me it was more quiet than my hardtop. I like it a lot better and I am waiting on winter to see if the hardtop stays or gets sold.
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I may give them a call to see if I can get replacements. That said, I still think it's relevant to mention possible problems for anyone else considering a purchase.
Maybe you ended up with a TJ top for your YJ.

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How are these tops at freeway speeds? I notice with my factory soft top (well, factory frame, smittybilt canvas) that the frame shakes and rattles at ~65, especially with the passenger vent open. The soft top also buffets loudly. Do the frameless soft tops sound better or are they just as loud? I'm asking because all the pictures look like they're pretty loose. However, without a rattling frame it may be better anyway.
You drive 65?!!??!! At 45mph, I fell like I am going to die. The springs are sooooo damn stiff. These jeeps are death traps, you know! You guys are nuts.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:10 AM   #11
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What u taking about I drive 80 and Itz actually pretty smooth lol
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You drive 65?!!??!! At 45mph, I fell like I am going to die. The springs are sooooo damn stiff. These jeeps are death traps, you know! You guys are nuts.
Not sure whether you're kidding... Yeah, the speed limit around here on state highways is 60 and I generally go about 5 over. That said, my rpms are at like 2500 with my 3-speed automatic so it's not so great. I don't notice the stiff suspension much on the freeway, maybe because the freeways around here are pretty nice and smooth? It is bone-jarring on speed bumps or other rough roads. There are also interstates where the speed limit is 70 but I haven't driven on one of them since I got this Jeep.
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Here in Kansas the interstate speed limit is a posted 75 MPH!!
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 AM   #14
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I may give them a call to see if I can get replacements. That said, I still think it's relevant to mention possible problems for anyone else considering a purchase.
Call them man. Mine fit l;ke a glove but then again I used my OEM surrounds also. Also mines pretty quiet from the limited time ive been driving with it on. Matter of fact this morning was the 1st time I got to ride with the softtopper. Jeep been on stands for days being lifted. Im FREE now though!!

Oh yeah, as far as loose goes its not. The back corners look kinda loose but the rest of it is tight.
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Just put a softtopper on my 93yj a couple weeks ago, went on easy & everything fit perfect, just have to keep the door surround fasteners loose until everything's fitted right. Loving it so far.

No vendor is perfect, you should contact them and see what the deal is before posting this up here. I'd bet money they make it right.

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